Mitt Romney says he will not run for president

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Former Republican U.S. presidential nominee Mitt Romney criticizes current Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a speech at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Jim Urquhart/Reuters

Former Republican U.S. presidential nominee Mitt Romney criticizes current Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a speech at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Jim Urquhart/Reuters

WASHINGTON — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says there are “no circumstances” in which he will join the 2016 race for the White House, even as he calls for an alternative candidate to front-runner Donald Trump.

Romney told NBC’s “Today” on Friday that he sees “no reasonable scenario” to run again, but added that he will not vote for Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“I’m not running for president, and I won’t run for president,” Romney said.

The 2012 GOP nominee gave a scathing speech in Salt Lake City Thursday condemning Donald Trump as a candidate and warning that he is “a phony” who is “playing the American public for suckers.”

Watch Mitt Romney’s full speech at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday. Video by PBS NewsHour

“There’s no question I’m going to do everything within the normal political bounds to make sure we don’t nominate Donald Trump,” Romney said.

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